I was approached by the EVP of the company I freelance for to shadow a new position for which they think I’m well suited. I’m doing this in a continued freelance capacity, to see if I like the work and if they like me doing it. It’s a more challenging job with far more responsibility and accountability than I currently have. Right now I’m just sitting with this person, learning the work, meeting people, and I’m presented as a person who’s “helping her out” although I was told by the EVP that she would be transitioning out of the position to work under someone else. Perhaps she’s saying this politically so that people don’t panic that she’s leaving until I’m comfortably doing the job.
For some reason I feel cautious about this, and maybe it’s just because I don’t know what to expect from a shadowing-to-hire scenario. To be honest I was so shellshocked when I was approached that I didn’t ask many questions (I didn’t know what to ask), but just eagerly accepted the opportunity. Did the EVP say the plan was to hire me? I don’t even remember, to be honest.
Part of me worries that maybe they’re going to try to get me to do this new job still as a freelancer at my current rate of pay. Which I wouldn’t hate because full time work (40-50 hrs/week) is better than the 60% (of full time) work I’ve had with this company. It would work out for them because they’d get more demanding work out of me at the same rate and not have to give me benefits. Is that fair? I haven’t been fully employed for so long that I don’t know *what’*s fair. I would be within my right to ask to be compensated at the level of pay for that type of work, but maybe I should just be grateful that I’m working at all.
Obviously I need to sit down and have a “review” with the EVP after a few weeks and re-evaluate the expectations we both have about this.
What have your experiences been with shadowing a potential new position. Did you get hired? If not did they compensate you appropriately for the change in position?
Obviously I just don’t know what to expect from this new scenario, so it’s stressing me out.
By the way I love the work so far.